Friday, July 25, 2008

Nutmylk: A Raw Staple

Nutmylks are dairy analogues made with simple ingredients like almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, etc.; a sweetener (usually) and/or some sort of spice or flavoring; and water. They can be just as nutritious, protein-and-calcium-rich, and delicious as dairy milk if not more so. Here is a basic recipe for this standard raw beverage, done up almond style (almonds can be replaced with any preferred nut or seed):

Basic Almond Mylk

1.5 cups filtered water
1/3-1/2 cup almonds, soaked for 6-8 hrs.
1-2 tablespoons agave nectar, or 2-4 dates (optional)
dashes of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, peppermint, and/or vanilla (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a blender until completely smooth. If desired, one can strain the mylk through a fine mesh sieve. Enjoy with breakfast, over cereal, or as a key ingredient in raw "baked" goods.

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